Firefox (and perhaps even Abrowser) is sending data about the downloads to Google

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ADFENO
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Iscritto: 12/31/2012

It seems that Firefox has a preference on its about:config page
called browser.safebrowsing.appRepURL which, according to the
author of the article, is responsible for sending data about the
downloaded files to Google. This can be fixed just by removing
the value (by double clicking on it and deleting all the text
inside) and then restarting the browser.

I just checked if my Abrowser has this value set, and it does.
So I just fixed it here.

Just heard about this on a Diaspora post, here is the link of
the post (in Brazilian Portuguese):
https://diasporabr.com.br/posts/216539

And here is the link of the article (in Spanish):
http://www.softzone.es/2014/07/27/evita-que-firefox-envie-
informacion-de-las-descargas-google/

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Magic Banana

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Iscritto: 07/24/2010

I think the string is never used if the second box of Preferences/Security is unchecked. It is unchecked on my system and I do not remember having unchecked it manually.

Legimet
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Iscritto: 12/10/2013

SafeBrowsing is disabled by default, so it's not a problem.

quantumgravity
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Iscritto: 04/22/2013

Don't be too quick.
We shouldn't just think about the trisquel users; people expect a piece of free software such as firefox not to have this anti-feature and it is enabled by default on a debian system I'm currently running.

lembas
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Iscritto: 05/13/2010

SafeBrowsing should be renamed to GoogleBrowsing.

Jabjabs
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Iscritto: 07/05/2014

*sigh* It worries me that a group such as Mozilla appear to slowly sliding into a den of privacy and freedom issues that they appear to promote as being a strong point of the platform.

First it was caving to DRM requirements and now it is this. Yes it is not active for a lot of people but functions such as these should not be considered if they really believe in the state purposes.

quantumgravity
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Iscritto: 04/22/2013

Yeah, Mozilla goes downhill fast. But as long as firefox remains free software we have kind of a weapon against it.

Jabjabs
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Iscritto: 07/05/2014

Indeed, I'm looking/waiting to see when a DRM free version will pop up. I'm already firmly in the A-browser/Ice Cat camp here but just for everyone else's sake I hope an easy solution is produced soon.

Legimet
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Iscritto: 12/10/2013

DRM hasn't been added to Firefox yet, so Abrowser/IceCat are already DRM-free. Once Firefox adds EME (and I haven't read anything about it since the initial announcement) Abrowser/IceCat will of course be made DRM-free.

Jabjabs
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Iscritto: 07/05/2014

I had been wondering about if it had been added in yet. I already knew that Ice cat/A-Browser where clean (it would be somewhat worring if they where not),

I'm more worried for other users that care about proprietary formats yet not in the 100% free software camp.

GustavoCM

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Iscritto: 11/20/2012